In a momentous event, the King Abdullah Campus of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) was inaugurated here on Friday.
The grand ceremony was graced by the presence of Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry and Dr. Saud Al-Shammari, Director General of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), who jointly unveiled the state-of-the-art campus. The project, constructed with the financial assistance of Saudi Arabia, is estimated to have cost over ten billion rupees.
The opening ceremony witnessed a distinguished gathering that included high-ranking officials from the Saudi Arabian government, representatives from the Saudi Fund for Development, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Head of Mission in Islamabad, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, officials from the Economic Affairs Division of the Government of Pakistan, members of the Azad Kashmir Cabinet, members of the legislative assembly, secretaries, and various government officials.
President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry delivered an address, expressing his profound gratitude to the government of Saudi Arabia for their significant contribution towards the construction of the King Abdullah Campus.
He highlighted that the campus, named after the revered former Saudi ruler King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, symbolizes the enduring friendship and Islamic brotherhood between Saudi Arabia and the people of Kashmir.
The President praised King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s remarkable contributions to the Muslim Ummah, particularly in the fields of education and healthcare.
Dr Saud Al-Shammari, in his speech, emphasized that the Saudi Fund for Development not only financed the King Abdullah Campus but also continues to support several ongoing education and health projects across Pakistan.
He expressed his hope that this collaborative effort would further strengthen the bond of friendship and Islamic brotherhood between Saudi Arabia and Azad Kashmir, setting the stage for even stronger ties with each passing generation.
Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, acknowledged the generous financial assistance of over 900 million rupees provided by the Saudi Fund for Development.
He praised the joint efforts of Pakistani government officials and officers who worked closely with the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir throughout the project.